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Graham To Biden Administration: "Stand Down" On Trump Impeachment

20 hours 20 min ago
S.C. GOP Senator Lindsey Graham weighs in on President-elect Biden's agenda and the riots at the US Capitol. GRAHAM: Well, I tell you what. You can feel any way you want to. There was irregularities in mail-in voting; 66,000 people under 18 did not vote in Georgia. You did not have 8,000 felons, as claimed, voting from prison in Arizona. The election is over. The Electoral College certified the elections. I'm disappointed in the outcome. I wish he would have won. I appreciate what the president said Thursday. We will reject violence. His movement is not about violence. It is about peace. It is about policy. It is now time to move on to Joe Biden. You talk about unifying the country. If you do not stand up against the impeachment of President Trump after he leaves office, you're an incredibly weak figure in American history. President Trump is trying to heal the nation. Pursuing impeachment after he leaves the office will further divide the country. It will ruin the start of your presidency, Joe Biden. You need to stand up to the radical left and tell Schumer to dismiss what I think is an unconstitutional attempt to impeach President Trump out of office. Stand down.

Biden Economic Advisor Says $1.9 Trillion Plan Will Tackle COVID-19

20 hours 23 min ago
President-elect Joe Biden's incoming economic adviser Brian Deese joins 'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace to talk about the president-elect's economic plan.

Rahm Emanuel: Biden Has Four Unprecedented Crises, Four Unprecdecented Opportunities

20 hours 31 min ago
Former Chicago mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel comments on the opportunities presented to the Biden administration in the wake of four unprecedented crises, during ABC's "This Week" roundtable on January 17, 2021. RAHM EMANUEL: If you look at it, Abraham Lincoln had the Civil War. Wilson had, obviously, the pandemic. Roosevelt had the Depression. And, obviously, Lyndon Johnson had the civil unrest in the United States. Joe Biden gets all of it. You haven't seen something like this in, obviously, in any point in history. Every president has had -- some presidents have had one of these, not all four. But he also then therefore has an opportunity. These crises offer a huge opportunity. And I do think, if you look at your poll and you look at his presidency, his person is where he gets support. People reflect and love his decency. They are drawn to it. The policies, he has right-down-the-middle support, and he has to keep driving his person in front. Remember, the American people want to turn from this type of Donald Trump politics of hunger game into normalizing, lowering the temperature, reaching out. That's where Biden does great. The policies, he's going to be unbelievably important to bring and keep moving forward. Momentum is his key goal, with also a unifying message. And I think his person is actually going to be his greatest asset, in speaking to that unity. EMANUEL: But major, major challenges, and the COVID and reducing that -- I'm sorry, George -- the COVID, reducing that impact on society, is going to open up so many more of the doors, like on the economy, for him.

'This Week' Roundtable: Biden Enters Office With Multiple Crises, Unseen In History

20 hours 35 min ago
George Stephanopoulos hosts Rahm Emanuel, Karen Finner, Sarah Fagen, and Chris Christie.

'FOX News Sunday' Panel: Biden Calls For Unity, Will Senate Vote To Convict Trump?

20 hours 38 min ago
Chris Wallace hosts Karl Rove, Kristen Soltis Anderson, and Juan Williams.

Adam Schiff: Donald Trump Should Never Get Another Intelligence Briefing After He Leaves Office

20 hours 50 min ago
Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday he doesn't believe President Trump should continue to receive intelligence briefings after he leaves office because he "can't be trusted" with secrets. "There is no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing - not now, not in the future," Schiff said in an interview Sunday with CBS's "Face the Nation." "I don't think he can be trusted with it now, and in the future he certainly can't be trusted." "Indeed, I think there were any number of intelligence partners of ours around the world who probably started withholding information from us because they didn't trust the president would safeguard that information, to protect their sources and methods," he said. "And that makes us less safe."

Incoming CDC Director Walensky: Pandemic Will Keep Getting Worse, 500,000 COVID Deaths By February

20 hours 54 min ago
Incoming Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky said Sunday on CBS's "Face The Nation" that by February the U.S. will likely pass the milestone of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. "I think we still have some dark weeks ahead," she said.

D.C. Mayor Bowser Warns "Residential Neighborhoods" Could Be Targets Of Terror "Attacks" During Inauguration

21 hours 1 min ago
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser warned Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that residential neighborhoods in Washington D.C. could be the target of "terror" attacks during the inauguration next week of Joe Biden as the next president. "What you're showing is really the federal enclave of Washington D.C., not where the 700,000 of us live So our police department working with our federal law enforcement partners and the United States Army, quite frankly, also has a plan to pivot if we have any attacks in our neighborhoods," she warned. "What we saw here last week is that we didn't take it seriously enough. We've never believed that so-called 'patriots' would attempt to overthrow their government and kill police officers." "Now, we don't want to see fences. We definitely don't want to see armed troops on our streets. But we do have to take a different posture," she said.

'Meet The Press' Panel: Biden Inauguration At A Time With Multiple Crises

21 hours 9 min ago
Kristen Welker, Rich Lowry and Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) join the Meet the Press roundtable to talk about the president's second impeachment and the incoming Biden administration's challenges in a polarized environment.

Michael Anton: National Review Led Donors To Believe They Supported Trump, "Shows A Different Face" To DC Elites

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 22:27
Michael Anton, a former senior national security official in the Trump administration, admonishes "National Review" editor Rich Lowry for showing one face to the D.C. elite and another one to his readers. "First of all, the National Review founded is allegedly the flagship magazine of the conservative movement," Anton said on FOX News this week. "It is edited by Rich Lowry. Do his subscribers and donors, most of whom I think pretty overwhelming support Trump know that he has essentially made the argument that the Republican party should have lost and supported Hillary Clinton in 2016. Do they know that?" "Yes, the National Review published against Trump in February 2016, but over the course of the administration, National Review published an avalanche of pro-Trump pieces, more pro-Trump policies, and Trump the man," Anton told FNC host Laura Ingraham. "And Rich Lowry's name was on many of the pieces. So before his own subscriber base and donor base he says I like what Trump is doing here, I like he's tough and strong here. He leads them to believe that his magazine is supporting the president's agenda and now to the D.C. elite he shows a different face." More:

Michael Anton fires back at @RichLowry at @NRO with @IngrahamAngle pic.twitter.com/8hxvwsXx3z

- Michael Anton's 'The Stakes' (@TheStakesBook) January 15, 2021

Manchin: Removing Hawley, Cruz From Senate "Should Be A Consideration"

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 02:36
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said removing Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) from the Senate for inciting insurrection should warrant a "consideration" in an interview with 'Firing Line' host Margaret Hoover. "Would you support, Senator, the removal of Senator Hawley and Senator Cruz, through the 14th amendment Section 3?" Hoover asked. "Well, they should look, absolutely," Manchin replied. "I mean, basically, that should be a consideration. And he should you know, he understands that, Ted's a very bright individual and I get along fine with Ted. But what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities." "They should look at applying Amendment 14, Section 3 for just exactly what you explained and what it says and the reason you might want to give the time period that that was put into place and the reason for that after the civil war," the Senator said. "Our country is divided as much now as even then," Manchin lamented. "And it's going to be more divided if we don't pull together. And that's why I say give us some time so that people can see the facts." MARGARET HOOVER, HOST: Let me read you what the 14th Amendment, Section 3 says. No person shall be a senator or representative in Congress who, having previously taken an oath as a member of Congress to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same. Would you support, Senator, the removal of Senator Hawley and Senator Cruz, through the 14th amendment Section 3? SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): Well, they should look, absolutely. I mean, basically, that should be a consideration. And he should you know, he understands that, Ted's a very bright individual and I get along fine with Ted. But what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities. Listen to the conversations that people have had, listen to some of the congress people that are still speaking. You know? Listen, around the country, people in different law, in elected positions, these people should be held accountable, because it's sedition. You know, there was a reason that we went that we went to war. That was a reason that we said, King George, we're not going to live under your present form of government for the United States or for our colonies. And they broke and they gave up everything for that. They didn't basically put a constitution together that swore allegiance to the monarchy or to a dictator or tyrant. And the Republic, basically, the definition of a republic, it's ruled by the people, not by an individual. So they're going to have to make a decision. Is this the government you want? Do you really owe your allegiance to one person, more so than the freedoms that we have, the democracy and all that. HOOVER: So you think the Senate and the House should look at removing the members, the elected members, who were part of the insurrection? MANCHIN: They should look at applying Amendment 14, Section 3 for just exactly what you explained and what it says and the reason you might want to give the time period that that was put into place and the reason for that after the civil war. And that's exactly where we are. Our country is divided as much now as even then. And it's going to be more divided if we don't pull together. And that's why I say give us some time so that people can see the facts.

Maher: Let's Not Confuse 5,000 People With 74 Million; You Can Hate Trump, But Not All His Supporters

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 02:11
Bill Maher called on Democrats not to write off all Trump voters as deplorable and asks Republicans to consider whether some of their anger is misdirected in a monologue delivered about the "tragedy" of Trump voters Friday on his HBO show "Real Time." "Let's not confuse 5,000 people with 74 million," Maher said to his audience. "Yes, even supporting the insurrection in spirit is, well, deplorable. But there's a difference between holding illiberal beliefs and acting violently on them. At least that's what they always told me about Islamic terrorism." "I keep wrestling on this show with the hard question of how do Americans, all of us, learn to share a country with assholes you can't stand," the host said. "I preach, and still do, you can hate Trump, but not all the people who like him. And as counterintuitive as it may seem, you can like something run by assholes without being one yourself." Maher shared the sad story of Air Force vet Ashli Babbitt, a Qanon follower, who was killed in the Capitol Hill riot and was in dire economic straits. He said her compatriots were storming the wrong building, implying the White House, because President Donald Trump failed his supporters. The HBO host also criticized the state of California for not protecting her from a radical loan rate (169% interest). "Guys, you are storming the wrong building," Maher said to Capitol Hill rioters. "The feet up shouldn't have been on Pelosi's desk, it should have been on Trump's tanning bed. You thought Trump was going to be your bull in the china shop? Yeah, he was, but you were the china." "Should Ashli Babbitt have applied better logic in seeing that her real problem in life wasn't pedophile Democrats or Antifa and that people like Elizabeth Warren were actually the ones who were at least trying to do something about predatory lending and economic exploitation? Yes. But not everyone can watch MSNBC all day. She had other priorities, like fighting overseas," he said. "Maybe, since all politics is local, all she knew was she lives in a state that cares more about her toxic whiteness than her toxic brokeness," Maher added. "And that the state that is run entirely by Democrats. Yeah. They didn't stop anyone from charging her 169% interest on a loan either." "It shouldn't be that surprising that America is full of fed-up unhappy people who just want to break shit," Maher continued. "Trump sure didn't drain any swamps but when it comes to graft and corruption and everybody wetting his beak, California, yeah, that's a swamp too. We can't put up a housing unit for the homeless for less than $500,000 or build a rail line connecting the state for less than $200 million a mile." "California is a blue state that is completely held together by red tape," Maher declared. "It's no wonder people are leaving in droves. I am in year 4 of trying to get my solar power hooked up. Just building this shed (pictured) up to code took 3 years. We'll all be getting our power from dilithium crystals before my solar gets turned on." "How about this? Will you let me hook it up if I let the homeless live in it?" Maher quipped.

Tucker Carlson: Democrats Believe In Unity "As Long As One Side Stays Perfectly Quiet And Obeys"

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 01:21
FOX News host Tucker Carlson argues that President-elect Joe Biden and Democrats have no interest in uniting Americans in a monologue on the Friday broadcast of his show "Tucker Carlson Tonight." TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Next week, Joe Biden will be sworn in as president of the United States. Fewer than 12 months ago, he finished a distant fifth in the New Hampshire primary, behind Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren. The story of how Biden went from being a much-mocked afterthought, liked by some but respected by nobody, to becoming the single most powerful man in the world at the age of 78 is a remarkable one. Someday, when the mania recedes and we can all agree to stop lying for a moment, it will be told. But in the meantime, here's part of that story: Joe Biden didn't seem scary. That was not a small thing in a year when our core institutions appeared to be falling apart. Biden's PR team told voters that Donald Trump was a divisive figure, and even many of Trump's own voters had to admit there was some truth in that. So Biden pledged to be the opposite; America's gentle grandfather, gathering the nation around the hearth, soothing hurt feelings. Biden promised to unite the country and said so again and again, to the point where he almost seemed to mean it. Biden, the thinking went, would emulate Ronald Reagan after his contentious campaign with Jimmy Carter 40 years ago. According to Reagan speechwriter Kenneth Khachigian, "[a]mong the first instructions Reagan gave ... was to be 'careful not to take a crack at the previous administration.'" That seemed like the kind of gentle, unifying approach that Joe Biden might take. However, Biden was soon on TV comparing sitting U.S. senators to Nazis. As thousands of Trump supporters gathered in Washington and tens of millions more of them watched on television, Joe Biden made certain to remind every one of them that they voted for a disgusting man, probably because they're disgusting, too. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised, because the real Joe Biden has a tendency to scream at people who disagree with him. Not that Democrats mind, of course. They never had any interest in the conciliatory version of Joe Biden. Appeals to unity won't, in the end, make them more powerful. With Trump leaving, Democrats are going to need a new enemy to hate, because hate is what holds their party together. Unfortunately for you, they've now decided that enemy is the entire Republican Party and all of its voters, roughly half the country. If you think we're overstating it, here's Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., suggesting on MSNBC Wednesday that Republican lawmakers are so evil and dangerous that it's possible one of them could smuggle a gun into Biden's inauguration and shoot the president-elect dead as he's taking the oath of office: MALONEY: It's a sad reality that we find ourselves in a place where where the enemy is within and we cannot trust our own colleagues ... But now we can't be sure a member of Congress won't bring a gun to the inauguration. We can't be sure that a member of this body wouldn't be bringing people around the night before who the next day may have been participating in the murder of a Capitol police officer. Apparently, that's why we need tens of thousands of federal troops -- more troops than we currently have in Iraq and Afghanistan combined -- in Washington. According to Sean Patrick Maloney, Republicans are a deadly insurgency within our borders. It's insane. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., however, agrees with this wholeheartedly, Swalwell, you may remember, is so committed to unity that he once suggested using nuclear weapons against American gun owners who refused to allow him to confiscate their firearms. He appeared on MSNBC Wednesday to accuse Republicans of effectively plotting a civil war: SWALWELL: I hope we understand if there was an inside job, whether it was members or staff or anyone working at the Capitol who helped these attackers better navigate the Capitol, that is going to be investigated. Yeah, the guy with the painted face and the Viking hat and the Chewbacca outfit was part of an inside job. So what other forms of unity can we expect in a Biden administration? Well, you should ask John Fetterman, the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. Fetterman isn't necessarily against the entire Bill of Rights, but he wants to be perfectly clear that going forward, the First Amendment does not apply to anything that offends him. That's why when Democrats claim the 2016 election was rigged by Russia and stolen by Vladimir Putin, that is protected speech, because John Fetterman believes it's true. To review, free speech is any speech that low-IQ thugs like John Fetterman are OK with you expressing. Everything else is banned in the name of unity. By the way, everything else is also racist. REP. CORI BUSH, D-MO., ON MSNBC TUESDAY: Let's be clear, this was a racist attempt to overturn an election. This was more about trying to disenfranchize the voices of the Black, brown, indigenous people's voices, trying to invalidate our vote ... So I'm speaking up. You are going to hear that we are not going to let this go because this is a racist attempt, we have to call it what it is, it's White supremacy at its finest. So what you thought was a protest that became a mob that got out of control and became violent was, in fact, a specifically targeted effort to invalidate the votes of voters of color. That's Cori Bush's position. If you're wondering how someone like Bush could continue to live in a country teeming with White supremacists, don't wonder. In fact, shut your racist mouth right now. You're not allowed to talk. That's another vital principle of unity: We can all live here together in perfect harmony as long as one side stays perfectly quiet and obeys. If they don't, we're going to have problems. Thankfully, Joe Biden's brain trust is so committed to unity, they've been thinking about what to do next to bring about unity permanently and for all time. Here's their plan: REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, D-N.Y.: Southern states are not red states, they are supressed states, which means the only way that our country is going to heal is through the actual liberation of southern states. Once again, the only way our country is going to heal is "the actual liberation of southern states." Now, you might get in trouble if you suggest that what the Democrats really have in mind is a new version of Reconstruction. Look up Reconstruction if you're not familiar with that story. The details are worth knowing about, but you don't need to suggest that that's their plan because Sandy Cortez of New York just said it. Now that's unity for you.

Clyburn: We Need A Mechanism To Know What Domestic Terrorists Are Thinking Before They Act Upon It

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 01:16
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) said on Friday that Americans need to get serious about "the fact that we in this country have a problem with domestic terrorism." Clyburn called for a "mechanism" similar to one the government used in the 1970s to monitor the Ku Klux Klan so we know what the domestic terrorists are doing before they decide to act on it. "I think that we have some sympathizers in the Congress that probably ought not be there," Clyburn said about Republican lawmakers and the Capitol riots. "There are two people who just got elected who identify with this QAnon group. Now, we know that's a hate group. And if they are there to represent their interests, then we need to be concerned about them. And I think that law enforcement people need to pay close attention to them as well. I worked in state government before I came to Washington. Before that, I was on the governor's staff here in South Carolina back in the early '70s." "I'll tell you something," Clyburn continued. "We knew as much, if not more, about the Ku Klux Klan as they did about themselves, because we put in place mechanisms in order to make sure that we stayed on top of them and we knew exactly what they were thinking about doing before they ever decided to act upon it." "That same thing can be done today," Clyburn said. "We have got to get serious about the fact that we in this country have a problem with domestic terrorism, domestic terrorism. We have never made that admission. It is time for us to come down off our high horse and admit that there is domestic terrorism in this country, and there's a way to get to the bottom of it."

Swalwell: I Have Been Briefed On Plots Where "The President's Terrorists" Want To Attack The Capitol Again

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 01:05
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) talked about last week's riot and attack on the Capitol and the second impeachment of President Donald Trump in an interview Friday with MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin. The sympathetic interviewer did not ask Swalwell one question about his relationship with Chinese spy Christine Fang. "Do you feel safe going to work in the Capitol?" a concerned Mohyeldin asked the Congressman. "That's a tough question, Ayman, because I see National Guardsmen, I see police officers there, I see fences that were not there before. It's not an accessible Capitol anymore, which is troubling," Swalwell said. "But I also have been briefed on plots where the president's terrorists have shown a determination to come back and attack the Capitol again. So, I think we're safer today than we were last Wednesday, the failure at the top there to protect us." "But, Ayman, I have to be honest. I would feel a heck of a lot safer if the president and his accomplices in Congress would issue statements for these individuals to stand down," Swalwell told the host. AYMAN MOHYELDIN, MSNBC HOST: I want to put on the screen something that you tweeted out. It is a screen grab of a now deleted tweet by a Republican colleague of yours. You were among those who alleged that Republican lawmakers gave tours to suspected rally-goers. That is the tweet I was referencing there that you put out. It is from your colleague Republican Pete Sessions in which he says that he met with -- quote -- "folks from Stop the Steal at our nation's Capitol." NBC News has reached out to Representative Sessions, as -- has not yet heard back from him. But he did speak out against the violence. What do you want to see happen here? What is the evidence that you have seen that would suggest that Republican colleagues of yours may have given tours to those that participated in the insurrection? REP. ERIC SWALWELL (D-CA): The speaker mentioned today that there's a criminal investigation. The Capitol Police acknowledge that they're looking into this. Of course, there may be repercussions in Congress. I will tell you, though, Ayman, my sole focus right now, as an impeachment manager, is making the case against the chief inciter. And that's Donald Trump. Donald Trump, as Liz Cheney said, the Republican leader, he summoned these folks to Washington. He called upon them to storm the Capitol, to fight, to not show weakness. And he lit the match that led to the attack. And he's the person that needs to be held most accountable most imminently. MOHYELDIN: So, let's talk a little bit about the impeachment, if I may. Given that you are an impeachment manager, there's an argument being made that, as the trial gets pushed further back, more evidence is emerging about what exactly happened, whether there was a more coordinated plot, where the money was coming from. Can you share a little bit of insight in terms of what you have learned? And do you think that, the more the trial is delayed into the Biden administration, the stronger your case becomes? SWALWELL: I think we had a strong case last Wednesday, after the public saw and put together what the president had done over the weeks leading up to this rally, the big lie that he told to radicalize the terrorists who stormed the Capitol, and his failure to stop it, his failure to send resources that could have prevented further violence and the death of a police officer. I think we have got a pretty good case. We're ready to go right now because of the imminency of more plots that are taking shape. And we will just wait for the Senate when they're ready. But we have a strong case now, Ayman. MOHYELDIN: You have a strong case now. But there's also the political reality, as we know very much, that a lot of Republicans in the Senate and certainly in the House do not sign on to the impeachment effort and certainly to the trial once it gets under way. Senator Lisa Murkowski, though, a Republican, said the House's impeachment articles are -- quote -- "appropriate," signaling an openness. You would have to get 17 GOP senators to convict. Do you believe that you will get those 17 GOP senators? SWALWELL: No, I don't look at it and our team doesn't look at it as we have to get 17 Republican senators. We want to earn a conviction, which means 67 senators. We think we could get more than that. We're not taking a single senator for granted. And we don't think this is a partisan effort. This was a violent workplace attack on the Capitol on a day where we were performing our constitutional duties. And that's how we're approaching this. MOHYELDIN: All right, Congressman Eric Swalwell, sir, thank you so much for your time.

CNN's Philip Mudd: I'm Afraid To Wear My CNN Hat In Public, I Might Get Attacked

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 00:44
CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd said he is afraid to wear his CNN hat in public because people could berate him. MUDD: It is. I mean, I got get on an airplane myself in about two weeks and I had a friend of mine today, Don, text me -- I double mask when I travel, and it's a paper mask and a fabric mask. And my friend said, because you're on CNN, you got to wear a hat. And that never occurred to me before. I've got to go to an airport and be concerned. I'm not in the Capitol, I'm in an airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, that somebody is going to come up and berate me. Maybe attack me. I think to be clear, Don that in some ways we are focused too much on Donald Trump. Donald Trump is representative of what is happening in America. Americans are saying, look, civil discourse doesn't matter to me. A country that was built on immigrants doesn't matter to me. Immigrants are not welcome in this country, despite the fact that I came, and myself included, came from a family of immigrants. I think the most disturbing aspect of the last four years in America is not the president, it's the president has exposed an America that most of us -- and I mean more than 50 percent, are uncomfortable with. And that America is showing up at the Capitol throwing fire extinguishers at cops saying I want to overturn the election. It's not about Donald Trump it's about America, Don.

Biden: The Vaccine Rollout Has Been A Dismal Failure; "Things Will Get Worse Before They Get Better"

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 00:24
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his plans to expand vaccine distribution and stimulate the economy at a press conference on Friday. From his presser: PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN: Good afternoon. Last night I spoke to the nation about the human toll of the pandemic and the economic crisis. I spoke about a two-step plan of rescue and recovery and how we must deliver immediate economic relief to those who need it the most in this country the millions of people who, through no fault of their own, are so badly hurting right now, millions who never thought they would ever be out of work facing eviction or waiting hours in their cars for a meal from a food bank. I talked about how our rescue plan is a necessary bridge to our economic recovery and our ability to build back better, stronger, and more secure and while the crisis--these crises have caused real damage, I explained how it will cost more, hundreds of billions of dollars more to undo the harm. I talked about our moral obligation to act and about the clear economic consensus that making the investments I am calling for that the resource that the required deficit spending as the original plans have as well are necessary to get us out of this deep hole we find ourselves in as a nation. I also talked about our seriousness of purpose, our clear plan with transparency and accountability, and why our call for unity is equally necessary. Unity is not some pie-in-the-sky dream. It is a practical step to getting things done. We didn't get into all of this overnight, we won't get out of it overnight either; but we will get through it, and we will get through it together. And today I would like to talk more about what that means and sparing no effort, I mean sparing no effort, to get Americans vaccinated. Vice President Harris and I, we just received a briefing from our COVID team. Truthfully, we remain in a very dark winter; infection rates are up 34 percent. More people are being hospitalized because of COVID than ever before. We are up to be between 3000 and 4000 deaths per day as we approach a grim milestone of 400,000 deaths in America. That is staggering to state the obvious. I know the pain that so many of you are experience--experiencing right now, starting by sitting down for breakfast this morning and stared at an empty chair around the kitchen table where a loved one used to sit, laugh, talk about how you love one another. I know the frustration that we are all feeling. Almost a year later, we are still far from back to normal. The honest truth is this: Things will get worse before they get better. I told you I will always level with you. You know, and the policy changes that we are going to be making are going to take time to show up in the COVID statistics, and they are not just statistics; it's people's lives. People getting infected today don't show up in case counts for weeks, and those who perish from this disease die weeks after exposure, so it will take time, but I know there are things we can do, and we can do them now. For example, the vaccines offer so much hope, and we are grateful for the scientists and researchers and everyone who participated in the clinical trials. We are grateful for the integrity of the process, the rigorous review and testing that has led to millions of people around the world already being vaccinated safely, but the vaccine rollout in the United States has been a dismal failure thus far and in today's briefing we discussed five things, five things we will do in an attempt to turn things around, five things to turn frustration into motivation, five things to help us meet our goal of 100 million shots by the end of our first 100 days in office. Some wonder if we are reaching too far for that goal. Is it achievable? It's a legitimate question to ask. Let me be clear; I am convinced we can get it done, and this is the time to set big goals to pursue them with courage and conviction because the health of the nation is literally at stake. First, we will immediately work with states to open up vaccinations to more priority groups. The process of establishing priority groups is driven by science, but the problem is the implementation has been too rigid and confusing. If you were to ask most people today, they couldn't tell you who exactly is getting vaccinated. What they do know is there are tens of millions of doses of vaccine sitting unused in freezers around the country while people who want and need the vaccine can't get it.

Biden to Republicans That Did Not Wear A Mask During Capitol Riot: "What The Hell Is The Matter With You?"

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 00:15
President-elect Joe Biden on Friday admonished Republican members of Congress that did not wear a mask during the Capitol building riot on January 6th. At a COVID press conference today, Biden said it was "shocking" to see Congressmembers "refusing" to wear a mask while under siege by a "deadly mob of thugs." The president-elect praised Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) for "trying to hand out masks while people are lying on the floor huddled up." "This is about saving lives," Biden said Friday. "I know it's become a partisan issue, but what a stupid, stupid thing for it to happen. This is a patriotic act. We are asking you, we're in a war with this virus, and experts saying--have shown that wearing a mask from now until April will save as many as 50,000 lives." "Quite frankly, it was shocking to see members of the Congress while the Capitol was under siege by a deadly mob of thugs refusing to wear a mask while they were in secure locations," he said. "I'm so proud of my congresswoman, right here in the state of Delaware, Lisa Blunt Rochester, trying to hand out masks while people are lying on the floor huddled up, and her Republican colleagues were refusing to put them on." "What the hell is the matter with you? It's time to grow up," Biden said. "For God's sake, wear a mask if not for yourself, for your loved ones, for your country," the president-elect later said. PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN: This is not a political issue. And I will issue an executive order to require a mask where I have the authority to do that, in federal worker--for federal workers on federal property, on interstate travel by train and planes. We'll also be working with mayors and governors in red states and blue states and require mask--and ask them to require masking up in their cities and their states. Look, I hope we now know this is not a political issue. This is about saving lives. I know it's become a partisan issue, but what a stupid, stupid thing for it to happen. This is a patriotic act. We are asking you, we're in a war with this virus, and experts saying--have shown that wearing a mask from now until April will save as many as 50,000 lives. Quite frankly, it was shocking to see members of the Congress while the Capitol was under siege by a deadly mob of thugs refusing to wear a mask while they were in secure locations. I'm so proud of my congresswoman, right here in the state of Delaware, Lisa Blunt Rochester, trying to hand out masks while people are lying on the floor huddled up, and her Republican colleagues were refusing to put them on. What the hell is the matter with you? It's time to grow up. The result? At least four members of Congress today, including a cancer survivor, now have COVID-19 who were in those rooms. For God's sake, wear a mask if not for yourself, for your loved ones, for your country. These are real matters of life and death. We need you to stick with the handwashing, social distancing, and avoid indoor gatherings with people outside your own household.

Pelosi: Members of Congress Should Face Prosecution If They Were Accomplices To Insurrection

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 23:47
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that if members of Congress were found to have been accomplices to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, they should be prosecuted. "When we're talking about security, we have to talk about truth and trust," Pelosi said. "In order to serve here with each other, we must trust that people have respect for their Oath of Office, respect for this institution. We must trust each other, respecting the people who sent us here. We must also have the truth. And when--and that will be looked into." "If in fact it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to this insurrection, if they aided and abetted the crime, there may have to be actions taken beyond the Congress in terms of prosecution for that," Pelosi warned.

Pelosi: "We Have To Protect Ourselves From Enemies Domestic"

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 23:40
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the country needs to protect itself from "enemies domestic" at a press conference on Friday. REPORTER: At the bare minimum, what would you like to see in reforms at the U.S. Capitol Police, especially in light of allegations from members of the caucus of institutional racism within the police force and also maybe even collusion in the insurrection? What reforms would you like to see? SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: Well, I think the investigation is central. That has to come first. But there will be--in addition to Representative--Mr. Chairman Ryan's Leg Branch Committee, we have Homeland Security Committee. We have issues that relate to intelligence from Judiciary and Intelligence Committee. We have the Armed Services Committee. So, there will be a full--the committees will be doing their oversight in many different ways. And of course, the Appropriations Committee and the Oversight Committee have overarching responsibility. But it--it--it--again, the investigation will tell us what we need to know to have truth that we can trust the system that we have here. And it is--it's so sad. Imagine, like 10 days ago, as I've said we--we've really lost our innocence in this, because we always prepared to protect and defend from all enemies foreign. But the Constitution all--also says "and domestic," and now we have to protect ourselves from enemies domestic. How close within the--the investigation will--will let--will let us know. That's it. Thank you.

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